Winnsboro History Days Walking Tour Set for May 25




"The Outlaws"

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Bill Jones, city of Winnsboro's official town Historian, Randy Lindsey, Chana Gail Willis and the Autumn Trails A’s Model A Ford Club host “Winnsboro History Days” beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. This free event is geared to feature and preserve Winnsboro’s unique history and heritage, and to celebrate Texas Historic Preservation Month.

The free walking tour begins at the old train depot at the southeast corner of Main and 100 E. Broadway (also known as Hwy. 37 and Hwy. 11).  The three block tour of downtown Winnsboro goes along Main Street, Elm and Market Street, with Mr. Jones narrating some interesting points of history, assisted by narrator Randy Lindsey of KWNS 104.7 Radio Station.

There are about 12 point of interest stops along three downtown blocks. Living historic actors recreate a few scenes from famous points of history of the crossroads town built at the headwaters of Indian Creek including scenes from criminals Bonnie and Clyde’s last ride before they were gunned down in Louisiana. Also included in the tour are a few ghost stories, architectural building features, history, restoration, and award winning buildings.  The “Outlaws” re-enact the famous last 1907 shootout killing the town marshal and three others at Elm & the Bowery.

Along the way, the walking tour also stops for a short time at Vic Clark’s Culture Club Art Gallery to view historic pictures of Winnsboro and the collection of art by many artists in the gallery.  The walking tour continues outdoors during Winnsboro’s renowned weekly Farmer’s Market on Market, including viewings of antique games, live blacksmithing, horse shoeing, and other activities of yesteryear. 

Around noon, the walking tour ends with a free light hors d'oeuvres reception at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts at 200 Market Street. Folks are encouraged to shop downtown and in Winnsboro after the walking tour and dine in the area.  A downtown map and list of restaurants are available at WinnsboroTexas.org

Proceeds from sponsorships assist in advertising the event and funding the Bill Jones Winnsboro History Preservation Project. The project will film Mr. Jones' many tales of enriched history in the area and create QR Codes and small signs to be placed at existing historic signs in Winnsboro. When scanning the code on a smart phone, the tourist/reader selects an audio or video of Mr. Jones talking about that particular location and it show pictures of what the site may have looked like in years gone by.  

For more information, contact Chana Gail Willis, 903-816-3303 or ChanaGailWillis@gmail.com.

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